Guided Birdwatching Cruises!

Our birdwatching cruises are ideal for those interested in our feathered friends! Suitable for beginners through to experts, all you need is your own binoculars. Lively and informative commentary from Ian Waite, Dave Smallshire and Derek Carter.

Lasting roughly 3 hours, these cruises include a full commentary from an ornithologist throughout the cruise on the species, habitat and behaviours of the thousands of birds on the Exe Estuary and East Devon Coast.  The vessel has inside and outside seating with bar and toilets on board. Advanced booking is essential on all of these cruises as they are very popular.

Please note that due to the length and nature of these cruises we do not recommend them for young children.

  • All tickets Adults £12.50
  • Trip duration – 3 hours
  • Sailing times vary, see booking
  • We advise reading our T&Cs  before making a booking

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Throughout a Bird Watching Cruise you will have a commentary on the species, habitat, feeding methods and behaviours of the birds that are visible.

Ian Waite – In the last twenty years Ian has been an enthusiastic bird watcher in the local area.  He leads bird watching groups for various societies and provides commentary on Bird watching Tram Trips on the River Axe.  He is a member of The Devon Bird watching and Preservation Society and the Devon Wildlife Trust and is a committee member for a local Conservation Society.



Dave Smallshire – An avid bird watcher for over 50 years, with a special interest in wetland birds. Dave has an intimate knowledge of the Exe Estuary’s wildlife, which has been his ‘local patch’ for over 30 years. He does the Wetland Bird Survey counts every month on the estuary between Starcross and Dawlish Warren. His interests span all aspects of wildlife, notably dragonflies – about which he has written a highly acclaimed field guide.



Derek Carter is a volunteer with Devon Wildlife Trust and helped out for over 8 years with the RSPB in East Devon & The Exe Estuary.

He is an avid local wildlife enthusiast and  has had a love of birds from an early age.  Living in Exmouth, with the Exe Estuary in his back yard, Derek is well situated to keep up to date with the flow of birds during the Winter period. Derek is a very keen wildlife photographer capturing many of the estuary’s visitors throughout the seasons. He also gives talks to local groups and schools in the area about the birds seen in the local area, especially the Exe Estuary, and does guided walks to small groups or individuals on request.

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